skip to Main Content




Merit Network Now Offering VMware Licensing to its Members

Merit Network Inc. is pleased to announce that on April 1, 2010 it signed an agreement with VMware Inc. to provide VMware licensing to public sector organizations throughout the state of Michigan.
VMware logo
The agreement gives Merit Network the unlimited ability to license VMware’s industry-leading suite of state-of-the-art virtualization software and technological support services. Merit Members in the area of higher education (public universities, private colleges and community colleges), K-12 intermediate school districts, libraries, governmental agencies and medical-teaching health care institutions are eligible to participate. Non-Merit Members in these categories have the ability to become part of the Merit community and also benefit from this significant discount. The agreement allows Merit to offer VMware virtualization software and technology support at significantly discounted pricing, currently unavailable to any single institution.

For those Merit Members that are already familiar with the VMware product offerings and are in need of VMware licenses, we can process your orders now. We are in the process of preparing informational materials and support to help our membership learn about the benefits of virtualization and VMware product offerings. Requests for information or to order VMware products should be directed to [email protected]

Merit is very excited to be able to offer these cost saving tools to its membership and looks forward to further developing our partnership with VMware. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new program.

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained at the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information:

About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion, more than 120,000 customers and more than 20,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority-owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC).